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Aredhel 3 by syccas-stock Aredhel 3 by syccas-stock
If you've been watching me for a bit you probably remember Melly and Seneca and I was looking forward to shooting with them again. Since we used regular, tight-fitting clothes last time, we thought we should go for something pretty and flowy this time, so we got some white-ish fabric and made it a lot more fantasy-like.
There'll be a few regular rider poses as well as horseback archery poses - she has experience in regular archery but it was her first time shooting from horseback, so I'm really happy it all worked out so well. Seneca did great, too, with all the new experiences (archery plus flowy drapery... he's incredibly calm for an Arabian Horse).
The name of the series is, once more, Tolkien-inspired. You can find more photos of Melly and Seneca in the "Horses and Riders" folder.



ABOUT MY ARCHERS:
For the experts among you: Melly is both an experienced rider and archer, the bow she uses is a recurved riderbow - shortbows come in especially handy when you need flexibility and unlimited movement (switching side on horseback).
She nocks the arrow on the traditional left side of the bow - however, horseback archery often requires easy and fast reloading, so you will often see arrows on the right side of the bow. In this case it was easier for us to do it the traditional way because she had to hold position for me to take photos.

We are a group of intuitive archers. Our individual anchor points (point in face where the arrow is drawn to) vary from person to person, they are however consistent - most of us use cheekbone or corner of mouth. Of course you can always argue about details and posture correction, but what's important to me is that if you use this stock in your art you can be sure that this is functional archery - especially when you have to shoot under difficult circumstances (balancing or kneeling on a branch, hiding behind bushes etc) which rings more true for fantasy archers, I believe.
There are many different styles of archery throughout the world and the Olympic style is NOT the gold standard, it's just one style.
For more information on archery please check my Beginner's Guide to Archery below:

A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and ArtWith movies like Avengers, Brave and Hunger Games, 2012 seems to be the Year of the Archers and many artists have already been inspired to create their own archer characters.
Whether you're thinking about having one of your OCs pick up bow and arrow (in writing or drawing) or you're a stock artist who wants to create some decent archery stock, I hope this little guide helps you understand the wonderful thing that is archery.
First and foremost, a little disclaimer: For this article I will mainly draw from my own experiences over the past few years. I am what you'd call an intuitive or instinctive archer, which roughly comes closest to medieval-styled archery. At the moment I'm shooting a modern Samick bow (without stabilizer or sights) and am in the process of making my own recurve bow out of robinia wood (similar to a few bows you can see in my gallery).
However, in archery there are many styles and differences in material used, draw, stance, finger position etc. – it all depend




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Keltix2006 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Hey! :) U are a profi nomad-hungarian horse-archer!
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Miss-Melis Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014   General Artist
So impressive both in photograph and in skill of model... love this!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
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Margarita-F Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful picture :) Thanks so much for your lovely stock gallery.
This picture was used as reference here: margarita-f.deviantart.com/art…
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
such a lovely and intricate piece :) glad my stock was useful ^^
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Margarita-F Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much :) I'm planning on using more of your stock very soon Nod Hug 
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
be my guest any time ;)
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Alex-the-samurai Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
A horse called after a ancient roman philosopher? hahaha nice idea,… anyway, beautiful pic!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks ^^
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ShittyChickenBang Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Wonderful series of photos!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
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fir-de-matase Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
gorgeous stock. I was looking for an image like this one :D
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
glad you like it :)
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YellowDeer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
pretty cool, I think Melly will like her now occupation ;)
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YellowDeer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you! :D Melly the Marvelous dragon slayer :3
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schach7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Shooting from horseback is extremely difficult. I was privileged to meet the Grand Master of the Takeda school of Yabusame (mounted archery) and visit his training ranch and house. Just the simple method of their riding with short stirrups and flexing (so as to keep their eyes level while at a gallop) is impressive.
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ah, that sounds like a very unique opportunity :) yabusame is of course quite different to out style of archery, melly here is an experienced archer but it was her first time from horseback - she did quite well, in my opinion (and of course it helps that she has the general technique down). thomas, who is also on quite a few of my stocks, is leaning towards the style of lajos kassai.
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Tid-bit Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the action shots!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
glad you like them :)
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maalunin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks ^^
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